Ron Paul reissues claims on American policy and 9/11
November 20th, 2011
12:26 PM ET
7 years ago

Ron Paul reissues claims on American policy and 9/11

(CNN) - Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul reiterated his controversial stance Sunday that some policies of the United States contributed to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Speaking on the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Paul said his views were consistent with analysis from various groups.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

“I think there's an influence,” Paul said. “That's exactly what the 9/11 Commission said. That's what the DoD has said. That's also what the CIA has said. That's what a lot of researchers have said.”

Paul said American intervention in foreign nations was a trigger to potential terrorists, who he said were sending the message: “We don’t like American bombs to be falling on our country.”

He cited withdrawing a military base from Saudi Arabia immediately after 9/11 as an indication that U.S. military policy was partly responsible for the actions of terrorists.

Paul has previously said that the military presence in Saudi Arabia was a motivator for terrorists, who were angered by American troops in the Islamic country.

The Texas congressman made clear he did not think America’s form of government and economy were to blame, but rather the specific foreign policies pursued by the United States.

“To deny this I think is very dangerous, but to argue the case that they want to do us harm because we're free and prosperous I think is a very, very dangerous notion because it's not true,” Paul said.

He continued, “You're supposed to be able to criticize your own government without saying you're un-American.”

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soundoff (538 Responses)
  1. Mike

    So are they REALLY sticking to that they hate us because we a free and that is why they attacked claim? how ignorant do they think the American people are? Ron Paul has been saying this for a long time and they always make it seem like he says the US invited it. No our foreign Policy of waging wars in the mid east, bombing those countries, putting sanctions on them, bases in Saudi Arabia and our massive military support to Israel incited the hate, what they did with that was then on them. However like he has said our foreign policy causes unintended consequences.

    Now what are they more likely to hate us for? Having freedom and woman's rights or all of that? Their very explanation as to why they did it explained those very things about our interference there not our freedom. No matter how evil the planners were they are not going to lie about why they did it since they were trying to send a message.

    There is NOTHING controversial about Ron Paul's stance on this, these were the facts. however i guess in mainstream media the truth is controversial....

    What I find more controversial is despite the fact that in Iowa Ron Paul is within a margin of error in many polls as the favorite that EVERY news station mentions candidates that have no chance and he is WAY ahead of in the polls before him and NEVER in the top tier. They will talk about someone with 4% of the vote in polls before him. It is as blatant as the smear campaign they did last election on him only this time people are not being fooled. Just imagine the lead he would have had he gotten Romney or Perry's coverage, he would be the HUGE favorite. That is the reason for the blackout.

    November 20, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. bobg2

    Obama can't come out and agree with people like Ron Paul, but watch what Obama is doing- troops out of Iraq by year's end, out of Afghanistan by 2014, one brigade quietly pulled out of Europe with many more to follow. In addition, troops are being deployed to Australia, with more announcements probably coming out soon. The U.S. never had the expertise to deal with the intracacies of Middle East politics and culture, and there's not much reason to stay involved in the defese of Europe. We're putting troops in places that share some of our cultural values, and we're going to make a stand, economically and politically, if not militarily, against the greatest threat to our well-being- the emerging super-power China. We don't have to fire a single shot, but we need to be in that part of that world. That's where the action is, and that's where the U.S. will sink or swim in the coming decades.

    November 20, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. ThsIsNotReal22

    Surprising??? Ron has been saying this exact thing for 8 years. Wake up and listen CNN.

    November 20, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Fuzzbee Morse

    Congrats to Ron Paul for his cojones in the midst of the pathetic, idea-bankrupt, me-too gang of Keystone Kontenders for the Republican nomination. Of course it was, at least partly, the fault of OUR aggressive, militaristic policies that have caused the predictable blowback against us, including 9/11. That doesn't excuse Bin Laden or his cohorts for their atrocities, but an intelligent, grown-up country learns from its mistakes and doesn't insist, "WE didn't do anything wrong!"

    November 20, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. Alan Clifton

    I hope that the people who see Ron Paul's views as "fringe" or "extreme" have actually researched his beliefs and not just picked up on the headlines such as the one CBS attempted to convey in the interview, "Ron Paul says it's America's Fault". Once you do a little research you will see that what is being labeled as "fringe" may also be nothing more than common sense. I have never found anyone that I agree with 100% but I do agree with Mr. Paul on most issues. During this current election cycle I keep asking myself what America do I want to live in and leave for my children and grandchildren. All I see from all of the other candidates, (I exlude party names as I don't believe there is much difference between policy's of most republicans or democrats), is runaway debt, erosion of civil and individual liberties, oppressive and complicated tax systems, and an antagonistic aggressive unhealthy foreign policy. Mr. Paul's platform seeks to change that. Fact check his platform before you label him as extreme. You may come to believe as I now do that if this is extreme, then extreme is what we need.

    November 20, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. C J

    Every now and then I have been able to chat with people out of the US. They don't hate us. They just can't understand some of the stuff people in the US do. Like owning four or five cars. If there are only two people driving then why own so many cars when that money could be going to something better? Most of what they said was on material things. America tends to go overboard on material things. Then they get mad because they are broke. The other main point they made is why is our prisons so full? We have educated people with a decent living and our prisons are full. We should be happy, and not be in prison. They just did not understand on why the people in the US did stuff illegal to go to prison.

    “You're supposed to be able to criticize your own government without saying you're un-American.”

    Everyone is guilty of criticizing their local, State, and Federal Government. None are terrorist just because we speak up. We have a right as Americans to criticize, ask questions, and get answers.

    November 20, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. independent

    Some of his views are correct, others of his views are dangerous.

    November 20, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. WewantTruth

    Oh man...#ThinkAgain – it's crazy how so many of you attack Ron Paul yet you know nothing about him. You know he did vote AGAINST the Iraq War? C'mon people!!!! Here's what ThinkAgain said:

    "I'm curious: When the Bush Administration was calling anyone who criticized it un-American and aiding the enemy, was Ron Paul speaking out? Or did he remain silent?"

    looks like you need to Think for a third or fourth time buddy!

    November 20, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. Ck_liberty

    One person said that Ron Paul is an isolationist; I think that's not true. However, I would agree that his policies are non-interventionist and that's exactly what we need. We'd be much better off if our troops were home defending our own borders.

    And YES American policy does affect the way we're perceived in the world. To think we were attacked on 911 for our "freedom" is naive and dangerous. If China had military bases in Cuba and Mexico don't you think we'd be upset? Yet we have bases all over the world and expect people not care???

    Ron Paul is great!

    November 20, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. conoclast

    When the global economy finally collapses of its own weight (taking the social fabric with it) who's going to care about having troops stationed overseas? All of our military is going to be needed at home quelling (or joining) food riots!

    November 20, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. joeazona

    Dr. Paul is the only ONLY decent candidate. Why on God's green earth cant anyone speak the truth anymore without becoming a target of the media. People are smart, but society is dumb. You know in your heart that Dr. Paul is the only one that reads and would govern by our constitution. The rest of them are bought and paid for.

    November 20, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    I may not agree with him on a lot of things but at least Ron Paul has the gonads to come out and say what many on the right WON'T and the left CAN'T. Could you imagine if President Obama came out with a stance like that....the far right would go after impeachment and the right wing talk shows would be leading the charge.

    November 20, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. LB

    Ron Paul is saying exactly what this President has said by voting against the Iraqi war and in his speeches leading up to the war. Back then, and I am sure now if he said it again, it was unpatriotic. I am glad Ron Paul is saying it now.
    Unfortunately for Ron Paul, his own party would canibalize him should he win the Presidency. Like they are doing now, he would be impeded by his own party from the get go. The only way his policies would work is if he gets a majory of the house to think like he does. That wont happen....he will have to cave ub or be treated even worse than the current President. He would be a man without a country, so to speak.

    November 20, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Don

    How is this controversial? Doesn't everyone know this already? Are American's really this oblivious? Ron Paul nailed it on this issue.

    November 20, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. CN

    while it's reasonable to accept paul's criticisms, we have to accept another truth. it is unwise to capitulate anything to fundamentalist islam. they're always going to be offended by something. also on OBL manifesto for the 9/11 attacks was our interference in east timor. so to avoid the islamic anger, we would have have to allow the continued brutality in east timor, where the death toll was at least 100,000. then there were the danish cartoons. it goes on and on. when religious texts fail to restore order in their society (as it invariably does) they externalize their complaints. they will never be happy with the "wealthy west" and they will ALWAYS blame us for SOMETHING.

    November 20, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Mark

    Yes Ron Paul is correct that bin laden was ticked that America has military base in saudi arabia and thats why he attacked. this is NOT genius news! bin laden TOLD us this (no thnk tanks needed). but does that mean we should abort the foreign policy that was determined to best serve the countries interest because bin laden was upset about it? Paul is clearly anti-expansionism and thats his perogative. But can he please explain why the U.S. setup a base in saudi arabia? It was done AT THE REQUEST of our ally saudi arabia to protect them from saddam. Should we have pushed saddam out of kuwait then withdraw from the region with no deterrent in place so he can attack again. so if we did that (as paul suggests) and saddam marched on a 2nd time to saudi arabia and conquered it and kuwait, then what would the brilliant Mr Paul say then? (that we should have kept a pressence in the region to deter saddam). look, having to choose between planes in the twin towers and saddam's conquest of kuwait and saudi arabia, i think i'd choose the former.

    Ron Paul is at heart a conspiracy theorist. He is a wacky version of the tea party and is cut from similar cloth as the anti-america jihadist...that is not say he is REACTIONARY anti-US foreign policy without deep and meaningful analysis. Bottomline he is not truly presidential material. The candidate who is most presidential material is already in office and his name is Barack Obama. the rest of the field honestly do not measure up to his level-headedness, sense or intelligence.

    OBAMA 2012!

    November 20, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. T40G

    An example that comes to mind – invading and occupying Iraq – that seems to have tee'd off a whole lot of Iraqis, if I'm not mistaken.

    November 20, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. R

    They tried to play this report, and the interview, to paint him as an abhorrent pick for the electorate.
    How wrong they were in the ability of the populace to truly understand long range thought processes that are necessary to pull our country out of the current bankruptcy, and return the USA to the center line that our founding fathers towed, even against their own beliefs. Now that he has risen to within striking distance despite the media failure to oust him, he will now increase in popularity.

    November 20, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. ScottA

    Thank you for running, Ron Paul! I hope he is elected and America restored... but I have little faith in the Government educated masses.

    November 20, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Of all the crazy ideas and beliefs that this guy has come up with, this is the ONE that I can agree with.
    People who cannot look at our own actions and how those actions brought us to the place in time where we were responded to in the form of the (CRAZY, VICIOUS, UNETHICAL) attacks are certainly the same people who cannot see that the actions of predatory Corporations, their lobbyists and The Government that is SUPPOSED to serve "We The People" CREATED the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

    November 20, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Terry Gloege

    The truth - You can't handle the truth!!!!!!!! It's a line from A Few Good Men but it's also a true statement about the gullible citizens of this country.

    November 20, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. David

    I do feel that Ron Paul is one of the few that actually cares about the U.S. as whole, and he is one of the few politicians were the b.s. come's to a stop. Its Ron Paul or nobody for President.

    November 20, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Bill Moore

    Ron Paul understood the reason why we were attacked on 9/11, he understood why the housing bubble popped. The other candidates are starting to understand why they were wrong in the past but still do not understand how things work.

    We need the guy who sees the reasons for things happening, not people who only react to situations.

    November 20, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. NT

    Funny how CNN tired to make him look "crazy" for thinking that. . . its is simply common sense if you mess with someones home, and tell them how to run their lives, they are going to attack you, duhhhhh wake up America, , , its time to come home and defend our home, I think countries around the world will REJOICE if Ron Paul wins because they know they will be left alone for a few years .......WAKE UP , REGISTER REPUB, , AND VOTE IN THE PRIMARY to shut up the media and the rest of these clowns who say he has no chance !

    November 20, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. madcow11

    There is virtually nothing that Ron Paul says that is correct. His Libertarian ideas are foolish to the extreme. Of course, there are those who resent America in many ways and it is true that bin Laden objected to our involvement in the M.E. and our way of life as a basis for carrying out attacks against us. So, on this rare (and I mean RARE) occasion, I will agree. However, to then suggest that we become isolationist is outrageous, and that is what I have heard him propose. Isolationism has shown to be throughout history a sure path to suicide and anyone who advocates it is ill-qualified to be a leader of this country. Please go away, Ron Paul. Please!

    November 20, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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